§ 4-14. General powers of commissioners. The commissioners constitute the corporate authorities of the district and shall
exercise the corporate functions conferred by law. The commissioners are empowered to: (a) adopt and use a corporate seal; (b) use
funds of the district for any lawful purpose and compromise actions and controversies
and employ engineers, attorneys and other employees; (c) do all acts necessary for
the purpose of surveying, constructing, altering, enlarging, protecting, repairing
and maintaining any drain, levee or other work of the district and go upon lands either
within or outside of the district for the purpose of examining the same in connection
with the work of the district and making surveys, doing no more damage than the occasion
may require; (d) upon the payment or tender of the compensation allowed, go upon
such lands with their agents, employees, contractors and servants, teams, tools, machinery,
instruments and other equipment for the purpose of constructing the work of the district
and forever thereafter enter upon such lands for the purpose of constructing the work
of the district and forever thereafter enter upon such lands for the purpose of protecting,
maintaining and repairing the same; (e) use any part of any public highway for the
purposes of work to be done, provided such use will not permanently destroy or materially
impair such public highway for public use; (f) authorize any state or federal officer,
agent, employee or contractor to go on any lands or rights-of-way of the district
for the purpose of inspecting, surveying, constructing, altering, enlarging, protecting,
repairing or maintaining any drain, levee or other work of the district; (g) enter
into agreements with any department or agency of the State of Illinois relative to
the use and control of ditches, drains, levees and drainage structures of the district
in conjunction with the operation and management of fish preserves and game refuges
and the furtherance of any of the purposes of the “Fish Code of Illinois” 1 or the “Wildlife Code of Illinois”; 2 (h) in the corporate name of the district, contract, sue and be sued, plead and
be impleaded, and do and perform all acts and things, whether express or implied,
that may be reasonably required in order to accomplish the purposes of this Act.
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